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Billiard and Pool Table Information

Billiard and Pool Table Information

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Billiard and Pool Table Information

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  1. guestquickshot on 6/24/2008 10:33:15 PM

    A question of curiosity If I may: There are many trades in the world, like plumbers, electricians etc. How does one get into the billiard installation and repair. It does not seem to be that common, but it sounds interesting. I'm long since retired and have no interest in going there. Do you have to serve an apprenticeship like other trades? Just curious.

  2. guestPooltable911 on 6/25/2008 5:25:20 PM

    I am a Billiard Mechanic in New Jersey. To answer your question about apprenticeship, there is none. That is a problem this industry has. Joe Blow reads a book and decides he is a mechanic. I can't tell you how many jobs I have been to where something was seriously wrong with the table because of the previous mechanic. I have taught others but none spent months with me. I owned a Pool Hall for 13 years. It is there I started to learn about the trade. We used to have an older gentleman named Al Conte come down a do our tables. I was fascinated as I watched him. I bought the tools I needed and started working on my tables. Then we decided to sell pool tables retail. So I did the installations and service work. I would have loved to be an apprentice of Al's but he was too far from me. My company Pool-Table-Services.com does between 400 to 500 tables a year now. I cover the entire state of Jersey.

    There is a Mechanic named Glen Hancock who works all over the country. He has been working on organizing the industry. He hopes to make a Billiard Technician union of sorts. Where people can learn the trade and the work they do will be quality. I hope this answered your question.

  3. guestquickshot on 6/25/2008 10:41:16 PM

    It most certainly does answer my question. I spend 30 years working as an oil heating mechanic and I can not tell you how many times I had to go undo someone elses' work because the person was not trained right.

    Your profession sounds like a very interesting one. The question arose in my mind the other day while I was watching this old house. Part of it was doing a restoration on a pool table and I found it interesting. Aren't there any trainable young people out there who may want to learn the trade? Thanks for the reply.

  4. guestbilliardsforum on 6/26/2008 12:35:51 AM

    I wonder (suspect) that there isn't much money in the table mechanic business, unless you are well known, probably like the poster in this thread.

    For a new apprentice thinking about entering the pool table mechanic trade, there probably isn't much financial incentive. With housing and fuel in the state it is, money really is a factor these days.

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Billiard and Pool Table Information

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  • Published: 6/24/2008 10:29:43 AM